Sunday Afternoon Housewife

Handmade Crafts and Unsolicited Advice

Gearing up for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange June 10, 2010

Filed under: bottle cap magnets,craft,Craft Fairs,Glass Tile Pendants,music — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:24 am

This last week I have spent an enormous amount of time getting ready for my favorite craft show of the year: the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange! The summer show will be held this Saturday, June 12, from 12pm-8pm at the Harrison Center for the Arts at 16th and Delaware in conjunction with the Independant Music and Arts Festival. Over 100 vendors will be on hand to showcase their handmade jewlery, clothing, plush toys, soaps, cross-stitches, and there will even be delicious edibles from vendors such as the Hot Cookie, who was recently featured in Ready Made Magazine!

Before I head to the IHE, I thought I’d take a moment to share with you some of the new goodies I’ll be bringing along. There’s a lot, so I hope you like pretty pictures, and I really can’t wait to see you this weekend! Also, don’t forget, that the first 50 people in line at the IHE table in the gym when the show opens at noon will get awesome reusable tote bags filled with IHE vendor swag. If you happen to be one of the lucky 50, bring your Sunday Afternoon Housewife postcard to my booth (Booth #63 in the Gallery#2) and claim your free goodie! I’ll see ya Saturday!

 

How to Make Glass Tile Pendants May 29, 2010

Filed under: Classes,craft,Glass Tile Pendants,make and take jewelry,Tutorials — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 5:00 pm

Glass Tile Pendants by Sunday Afternoon Housewife

One of my favorite things to make next to my Scrabble Tile pendants are glass tile pendants. They are fun, easy, and always look great when finished. A couple of weeks ago I taught a class at Mass Ave Wine Shop on how to make glass tile pendants, and there was lots of interest in where to supplies came from because everyone wanted to make more than just one! I thought about it and decided that I would write this tutorial as a reminder for those who were in the class, as well as those who could not make it, and also start offering glass tile pendant kits (more on that below!). So, if you are interested in making a nice glass tile pendant for yourself, it’s a really simple process and the all you need to know for how to do it is right below!

Supplies needed:

A variety of glass tiles are available from shops on Etsy.

Glass tiles: There are lots of options here- I mainly use 1″ glass or circle tiles, but there are also rectangles, ovals, and many different sizes available. One good source for glass tile pendants is Etsy, search under supplies for glass tiles, and many options will come up.

Aanraku Bails

Bails: The most common type of bail is an Aanraku bail. These are widely available on Etsy. There have also been lots of new bails introduced on the market recently, and these types of glue-on bails are even now readily available at Hobby Lobby.

Glue: You have two options here for adhering the image to the tile, you can use either Mod Podge or Judikins Diamond Glaze.  Mod Podge is easily purchased at any craft or hobby store, while I have only been able to find Judikins Diamond Glaze online. Again, Etsy is a great place to purchase both.

Adhesive: Also a glue, but this type you will need for adhering the bail to the glass tile. I have only every used and highly suggest E-6000. This type of adhesive provides a very strong bond between the bail and the glass tile.

Images: What are really fun about glass tiles is that you can put anything on it! You can use a favorite photograph, a found image, or you can easily purchase fun images from Etsy by searching for “digital images” under supplies.

Paint Brush: You’ll just need one to paint the glue on. It doesn’t have to be any fancy kind.

Chain: Of course most pendants are going to need a chain. I provide a ball chain necklace with my glass tile pendants, but you can use any kind of chain that you have already, or you can purchase a chain off Etsy or at stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.

Ok, so now that you have all your supplies in order, it’s time to make your pendant.

Step one is to cut the image you have selected to the right size to fit on the tile. Once your image is cut, you will be ready to glue it onto the tile. The tile normally will have two distinct sides- one will be smooth and the other will be slightly bumpy.

Apply the Judikins glaze to the back, or bumpy side of the glass tile in a thin coat

You will use the Judikins or Mod Podge to glue the image onto the the bumpy side face up so it is viewable through the clear clear side. Act quickly when gluing on the image, and don’t skimp on the glue. If a little bit squishes out the side, you can wipe it off right away, or easily scrape it off when it dries. Make sure you press the image very hard up against the glue and glass so that it makes a tight bond and to ensure there are no air bubbles. Allow the glue to dry.

Apply two layers of diamond glaze to the back side, allowing each to dry before moving onto the next step.

After it drys, you’ll want to put two coats of glue on the back side of the image. Make sure you are careful to get it on all the edges really well and put good coats over the back (though do make sure you are letting it dry between coats!).

Apply a generous amount of E-6000 to the bail...

Once the glue has dried, it’s time to attach the bail. Use the E-6000 to adhere the bail to the back center of the tile and allow it to dry. It will take a bit longer than you expect, so let it dry throughly.

Press bail firmly to the center back of the tile. Excess glue can be easily peeled off after it is dry.

Once it is dry, any excess E-6000 that oozed out can be easily peeled off. If you got any excess glue anywhere on the tile, you can use your fingernail (or I guess like a nail file or something more official!) to scrape off the dried glue. Put it on your chain, and that’s it! You’ve made yourself a glass tile necklace!

Your finished tile is now ready to be put on a chain and around your neck!

Now that your necklace is finished, you can wear the heck out of it and brag to all your friends about the awesome necklace you made for yourself! Disclaimer: Remember to take it off before you go swimming, get in a hot tub, or take a shower, or else you will totally ruin it.

So, now you know how to make the necklace, but you still need the goods? I know if you only want to make one, you could spend upwards of $30 on supplies and shipping, so I’m making it really easy by offering you the brand new Sunday Afternoon Housewife Glass Tile Pendant Kit!

The Sunday Afternoon Housewife Glass Tile Pendant Kit

This kit includes everything you need to make your own glass tile pendant. It comes with 1 glass tile, 1 bail, 1 chain, 1 tube of Judikins Diamond Glaze, 1 tube of E-6000, 5 pre-cut and hand selected images, and a sheet of directions. It comes packaged in a super cute take-out style box which makes it great for gift giving as well as keeping for yourself and all for the great price of $10! It saves you the hassle of having to shop around, and it also comes with my personal supplier list, so if you decide you want to make more, you’ll know where to get the best deals! Click on over to my Etsy and get your kit today, or come see me at any of my upcoming fairs to pick up a kit for yourself or a friend!

 

Whose Your Mama? May 27, 2010

Filed under: chocolate,Cooking,Favorites,Miscellany,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:31 pm

Well, It’s not too very often at all that I take time to write about food on my blog, though it is one thing that I enjoy probably as much as, if not more, than crafting. Good local food is a total weakness for me. From fresh grown vegetables and fruits, to locally owned restaurants, if it’s local, I’m game to try it. Raw food in general is great, but throw in the time it takes to hand-craft a delicious artisan creation, and I’m head over heels in love.

Just recently I took a trip to fabulous Nashville, TN, and I was at the local coffee shop, Bongo Java, in East Nashville (for breakfast mind you) and there on the counter sat the most gorgeously wrapped chocolate bars I may have ever seen. Further inspection proved what I suspected to be true: it was LOCAL chocolate! This chocolate is small batch, stone ground, slow-roasted, and hand-crafted right in Nashville, Tennessee! Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company boasts chocolate bars in 67% and 75% dark chocolate, as well as NIBS in 67%, coffee in 75%, salt and pepper in 67%, and sea salt in 75% dark chocolate. They also have a seasonal Mexican style Cinn-chili bar. I had to settle for only one sea salt dark chocolate bar (it was breakfast after all) and leave the others behind because I knew they wouldn’t be able to beat the Nashville heat while I sat outside for my craft fair.  I was sad to leave the rest of this chocolate on the counter, but the one bar I had was oh so delicious.

After I got home (still have the wrapper, of course) I looked up the website hoping to learn how to order some more, and found the Facebook page with an awesome photo shoot showing how the chocolate is made. While I may have to wait for the direct mail services to start, right now I can just look at these pictures every once in a while and dream about the day I get to have another one of these Southern Artisan chocolate bars.

Back much closer to home, the awesomest Erin Edds has been whipping up gallons of something super delish: Hoosier Momma’s Brand Bloody Mary Maker. Just yesterday I was lucky enough to finally get my hands on a jar of this locally sourced, secret recipe awesomeness. Now, I must admit that even a year ago, I wouldn’t have touched a Bloody Mary with a ten foot pole, but my silly grown up taste buds keep changing all the time, and I’m finally able to enjoy this tomato based, wholesome goodness. Hoosier Momma’s mix is made from Indiana tomatoes, and as anyone who has ever lived or eaten a tomato in Indiana will tell you, there’s no other taste like that of an Indiana tomato. This mix is good enough to drink on it’s own. If you like V8, this is a much better, MUCH yummier, slightly spicy substitute.

A match made in heaven

Last night I whipped up a Bloody Mary with my new jar of Hoosier Momma and my favorite vodka, Indiana Vodka, which is also made right here in good old Indianapolis, Indiana by Heartland Distillers. I mixed up 6 ounces of Hoosier Momma’s to 2 ounces of Indiana vodka, poured it over some ice, and added the juice of half a lime (that’s just how I like mine!). Two drinks later, I also decided it would be a great idea to cook with this deliciousness, so I took the chicken I was making for my husband and marinated it in the Hoosier Momma, and then made a foil pouch with more Hoosier Momma in the pouch with the chicken, and cooked it on the grill. Now, I don’t eat the land animal meat, but my husband, and 2 neighbors who had joined us for dinner loved the flavor. So, not only is Hoosier Momma’s good for drinking with or without the vodka, you can also use it to make show-stopping awesomeness in the kitchen.

So, here’s enough local awesomeness to make me hungry for drinks and dessert (who needs dinner anyway?). I  hope you’ll check out these great local companies and tell me what you think. And oh yes, Happy Memorial Day!

 

East Nashville Arts Fest Wrap Up May 25, 2010

Filed under: Craft Fairs,Nashville 2010,Travel — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 12:12 am

This past weekend I was down in Nashville, Tennessee with my booth mate Jen Wyric of EleanorMac for the East Nashville Arts Fest. While I have been to Nashville several times over the past decade, this is the first time I have ever spent time in East Nashville, and I must say I’m in love!

And they have Tofu dogs!

From I Dream of Weenie to Bongo Java, everything about East Nashville was great! The East Nashville Arts Festival was along Woodland Street, and while the sun may have been very, very hot, everyone was super friendly- customers and fellow artists alike.

Love for the arts and crafts was in the air (and on the Laster's Art Car)

I got to see some great art from many people (I’ll follow up on some of my favorite goods later this week), but I want to give a special shout out to my absolutely favorite thing of the whole festival, the Laster family and C.M. Laster’s most awesome art car.

A site to behold! The Laster Art Car!

A site to behold! The Laster Art Car!

The Laster Art Car

Owls represent on the Laster Art Car

The festival was so great, the location grand, and I had so much fun, I’m already planning my next trip back to East Nashville. I’ll be sending in my application later this week for the Tomato Art Fest and crossing my fingers I get to return to East Nashville in August (I think this past weekend was a good taste of what the August weather will be like, or at least that is what I was told several times!)

A shot of my booth at the East Nashville Arts Fest

Thank goodness we planned ahead and brought the walls for the tent so that we could block some of the sun. Next time I’ll remember to cooler and a few (hundred) bags of ice, too!

Crowd shot on Sunday morning at the East Nashville Arts Fest

So, I can’t wait to get back to East Nashville, hopefully for the Tomato Art Festival, and I will really be looking forward to next year’s East Nashville Arts Fest!

 

Hip and Handmade at the Indianapolis International Airport May 20, 2010

Filed under: craft,Hip and Handmade in Indy/ Enroute Spa,Places to find me — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 1:28 pm

For the last couple of weeks or so, I’ve been working really hard to get ready for something very exciting, and last night, this exciting thing finally happened! Last night I went out to the Indianapolis International Airport and set up my display at Hip and Handmade in Indy at the Enroute Spa!

Hip and Handmade in Indy is located inside Enroute Spa on both concourses A and B  of the Indianapolis International Airport.  Erin Humphreys is the owner of Enroute Spa, and she is a huge supporter of artists and crafters who make handmade goods. Last December, I participated in the Hip and Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, which was held in Civic Plaza, and I met Erin. Ever since then, I think I can say we have been on each other’s minds! I’m so happy now to be working with Erin again. She’s such a positive person, and she’s been very encouraging to me over the past few months, and now I’m so happy to say we are working together.

One side of my new display at Hip and Handmade in Indy

Erin’s spa is a beautiful store that offers full range of  services from manicures and pedicures to massages. They also sell their own line of handmade, natural soaps and lotions.

About a dozen crafters are featured at Hip and Handmade in Indy

About a dozen crafters are featured at Hip and Handmade in Indy

Lovely displays at Hip and Handmade in Indy

Even more great displays of handmade goods

Next time you are flying in or out of the Indianapolis International Airport, you should stop by Enroute Spa and take a look around, get a massage, and possibly even pick up some handmade jewelry from me or pick up great scarves, headbands, crochet hats, purses, bags, and soaps all made by Indianapolis crafters, sold locally by a great local business!

 

Book Review: Crafty Superstar May 9, 2010

Filed under: Book Reviews,Business,Craft Fairs — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 11:56 pm

You might have noticed I was pretty absent last week. I took a trip for the week and spent some time away from the computer and with my grandparents in Florida. It was a fun trip, though not particularly productive from a blogging or crafting standpoint! One of the good things that did come out of the trip is that I got to catch up on some reading. I picked up my copy of Crafty Superstar by Grace Dobush while on my trip and finished it on the plane ride home. It’s a fairly quick read, but chock full of useful information about how to become, of course, a Crafty Superstar.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book because it has a strong focus on what it takes to be a part-time crafter while still working a “regular” job. While I strongly desire to take my crafting to the next level, I’m just not there quite yet, though this book makes me feel better about the fact that I haven’t yet taken the leap. Many crafty business related books specifically focus on what is required to make the jump into full time crafting, and Grace Dobush makes you feel good about the decision to keep your day job. She spent time interviewing lots of “part-time” crafters who may seem to be dedicating all their time to craft, yet still have a “regular” job. Some of the crafters who contributed to the book include Olivera Bratch, owner of Wholly Craft in Columbus, Ohio; Faith Levine, director of Handmade Nation; and Jenny Hart, founder of Sublime Stitching.

Faith Levine, Director of Handmade Nation, is one of many contributors to Crafty Superstar

With so many similar books hitting the shelves lately, you might wonder why to pick this one up. Enjoyably, Crafty Superstar is a compact, tote-able book. It’s got 6 chapters and a great appendix full of forms, templates, and list after list of online resources for crafters. In chapter one Grace covers the basics about DIY and gets into detail about what being an “indie” crafter is all about. More detailed business advice is the focus of the rest of the book, and the author covers things from where to sell (internet, brick and mortar, craft fair), how to prepare for craft fairs, how to get good press for your business, and most uniquely, how to find balance between your personal life and your crafting life.

Right away I realized this book was going to need to be read with a pen handy for marking important things as I went along. The book also has quizzes and checklists throughout, so having a pen handy means you’ll be more likely to work along as you read.

I found so many helpful tips I hadn’t thought of before, or that were presented to me in a new way from other books that cover the same topic. I really enjoyed all the real pictures from Wholly Craft, and pictures of super well designed websites, as well as the focus on product display at stores, booth display for fairs (I’m already giving mine some new considerations), and I especially enjoyed the section about packaging design because this is something I have been personally working on a lot lately.

One of the biggest things to hit home for me was breakdown of cost of product and product pricing.  Grace takes the time to break down penny by penny the cost to list an item on Etsy (FEE), sell it on Etsy (FEE), get paid through PayPal (FEE), and ship your product out. While this is something I probably should’ve done for myself, I haven’t. Wow did this open my eyes!

Other helpful tips include how to build your own light box for taking good photos, and how to promote yourself to the fullest. Additionally, besides Grace’s fantastic advise, there is long list of new sites I need to visit from the amazing list of contributors.

If you’re thinking about kicking your craft business up a notch and are looking for some straight forward, well written advise, I highly suggest you go get yourself a copy of Crafty Superstar. I promise you will find yourself flipping back through the pages again and again as you work your way toward becoming the craft maven we all know you want to be!

If you’ve already read Craft Superstar, please let me know your thoughts on the book and what you found most helpful! For those of you rushing out to buy it now, happy reading! And don’t forget to come back and tell me what you think!

 

Announcing Make and Take Jewelry Classes at Mass Ave Wine April 26, 2010

Filed under: Classes,craft,how-to,make and take jewelry,Mass Ave Wine Shoppe,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 8:00 am

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve partnered with Mass Ave Wine Shoppe for monthly make-and-take jewelry classes for the summer!

Make and Take Glass Tile Pendant Class May 15th

The first class will take place on May 15th and we’ll be making glass tile pendants. The one inch glass tile can be customized with any picture brought to class, or there will be lots of fun images to choose from. You’ll make the pendant in class with help from me, and even get a chain with it so you can wear it home! If you’re really nice though, you might decide to make something special for your mom since Mother’s Day is the next day!

Make and Take Button Ring Class June 19th

In June, we’ll be making button rings from vintage buttons. You’ll have tons of buttons to choose from, and you’ll be making a ring you can wear home!

Both classes will include all supplies needed to make the project, I’ll be providing instructions, and you’ll get a glass of wine, all for $15! Mark these dates on your calendar and get ready to learn to make some fun, unique jewelry you can wear yourself or give as a gift!